Disney is thinking about shooting Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in Australia early next year, hoping to replicate the deal that saw the Australian government promise Disney $21 million for bringing 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo to our shores.
According to Deadline, production on 20,000 Leagues – originally set to be helmed by David Fincher – is now unlikely, so Disney are seeking ways to have the incentive payment transferred to Pirates 5.
That one-off payment was in addiction to the standard 16.5 per cent tax rebate, bringing the rebate total to 30 per cent, which is what the industry would like to see instituted as the norm.
Thanks to the rising Aussie dollar, Hollywood productions have largely shied away from filming Down Under; a vastly different story to the late 1990s, in which numerous big budget productions were set up locally.
A 30 per cent rebate, it’s believed, would tempt Hollywood back.
Kon Tiki helmers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are still attached to direct the fifth Pirates movie, which will see Johnny Depp return as Captain Jack Sparrow.